1857 Album Quilt – Blocks 36 – 37 – 38

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The sky is glowing with color as the leaves change from green to the brilliant shades of fall and at times the air is filled with the toasty smell of the leaves being cleared through the woods and burned in little campfires.
Fall Colors

Don't you just love the little ears that photobombed this shot! I took the picture out the window of the Jeep and didn't see those little ears peeking out the window to see the colors too.

Click HERE to see a great video of the fall colors around my home in northern Michigan.

1857 block 36

Block 36

1857 block 36
1857 quilt block 36 This charming block was made by Emma. I really like it's simplicity but realize all those star points will be a challenge to stitch.

1857 quilt block 37

Block 37

1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37
1857 quilt block 37 This sweet block was made by Eliza Campbell. It has lots of embroidery and single thread details. All of the stems are embroidered using an outline or stem stitch in a medium green. The details at the top of the strawberries are stitched using a darker shade of floss. It's hard to tell for sure but it looks like the stems going to the strawberries themselves were stitched using the darker floss. They have worn away and may have been worked with fewer strands of floss making them more vulnerable to deterioration. The strawberries have single thread stitches scattered across each one using a single strand of cream color thread. I might consider using a light yellow for a more realistic look.

1857 quilt block 38

Block 38


1857 quilt block 38
1857 quilt block 38 This block has a scattering of fall leaves. It was made by Louisa. While it may look simple, all those dips and curves are going to take some time to get just right.

New Hexagon Calendar C147 The winner of last month's anniversary prize was Leslie - congratulations!!!

addicted to scraps This month's prize is a copy of Bonnie Hunter's new book - Addicted to Scraps. I can't think of anyone who works harder and shares more of themselves with quilters than Bonnie. She has a great new ruler that came out at the same time as the book. Check it out HERE.
I think by now you know how this goes...... leave a comment on this post and on the 20th of the month I'll draw a name to determine the winner.

Shipshewana Tree I can't wait to see those of you who are traveling to the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat in a few weeks. The retreat this fall is full but there are still a couple of spots open in the classes with Linda Collins.
We'll get together again in April without a teacher and then again next November when our guest teacher will be Di Ford Hall. Many of you have written and called asking when you can sign up for Di's classes. Registration will begin in January 2017. Watch for details on the Shipshewana Quilt Retreat web site or sign up for the Sentimental Stitches newsletter (sign up in the right sidebar). I'll announce the registration opening and events through the newsletter. I'm working on dates and teachers for 2018 and 2019 because Shipshewana is a magical place for quilters and I think everyone needs to visit there at least once....or twice....let me be honest.....twice a year is hardly enough!!!!

The 1857 Album Quilt - Block Set 11

 

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